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Old May 26, 2010, 12:20 PM   #1
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OK, I've been out of sports shooting for a while. My niece had a gymnastics demo so I took a few shots. Man, I am SOOOOO out of practice. Still, thought I'd share. As always, Critique is welcome:
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And, now from the "ALMOST" category. This was a great dismount but my angle just didn't catch the face. Also the background is just too distracting because I shot across from the crowd rather than in front of it.


On this shot - toes and fingers are cropped out. I was as far back as I could go so the action was too close (i needed a wider lens than the 70-200). Also, the timing is a bit late as she's past vertical.


I just figured I'd throw out a couple images where some of the components were there, but I ended up not liking the shot because of a composition issue that isn't correctable after the fact.
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Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing them.

I was disappointed to find that there was no EXIF data.
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Thanks TCAV. Sadly, my hosting site - smugmug, does not include exif in the re-sized images. All 3 shots were with 1dmkIII, 70-200 2.8 shot with custom WB, manual exposure at 1/400 for bars, 1/500 for others.
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You were using a 'FF' body with a 70mm lens and you still chopped of the fingers and toes? I'd be worried about getting chalk on my gear!
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What were the iso's?
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Old May 26, 2010, 3:39 PM   #6
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ISO was 6400 on all. TCav - 1dmkIII is aps-h sensor (1.3) not full frame. The full frame is the 1ds
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Nice, She looks like she was having a good time. Rusty and you are still a thousand miles ahead of where I am.
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John - Great job catching the action in these. I'm sure her parents will enjoy the photos.

I looked really hard to find something to ask about or comment on other than what you already said about the fans and toe clipping. This is a strech but - the only thing I can even ask about is how the last two (bonus) shots seem to be really sharp on the upper body but not so much on the toes. Is that a function of narrow DOF due to high AV or is that motion blur because her feet are moving too fast for the 1/400 or 1/500 shutter speed?

But again very nice shots - thanks for posting. It is always nice to see your shots so we get to see what "can be done".

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... the only thing I can even ask about is how the last two (bonus) shots seem to be really sharp on the upper body but not so much on the toes. Is that a function of narrow DOF due to high AV or is that motion blur because her feet are moving too fast for the 1/400 or 1/500 shutter speed?
I think it's probably the latter.
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Thanks Andy. Yes, it is motion blur.
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